Gig review: Matt Swift EP launch @ Mello Mello
|Rachael Dunn and Paul Raey (photo © Adrian Wharton)|
Every support act did good sets of 4 or 5 songs, either all their own compositions or some included a cover thrown in for luck. At times certain songs within a set stood out as well constructed, lyrically strong and were performed with an acoustic plectrum strumming style and vocals that overall was pleasing to the ears. Audience participation was encouraged and taken up by friends and fans alike in the room. In retrospect however I felt that the build up to the launch was inhabited by performances enjoyable but not inspiring as they all generally relied on an efficient and dominating plectrum strum action for their acoustic effect. Finger picking interludes may have given some variety which after all is still considered ‘the spice of life”. Rachael Dunn and The Rain provided a welcome diversion or interlude from the plectrum strummed guitar accompaniments generally offered.
|Barry Briercliffe and Anne Marie Howard (photo © Adrian Wharton)|
Two voices two guitars and lyrics in vocal harmony. They created a performance of one song that lit up the night’s performances and surpassed by some way their own individual sets. This provided an ideal lead into Matt Swift’s set. It could also be that when Anne Marie and Barry reflect on the reception the room gave their performance on the night their rehearsal time was well spent and perhaps the acoustic scene could stand some further performances from these two singer songwriters sharing a stage as a duo.
|Matt Swift and Alun Parry (photo © Adrian Wharton)|
He also performed a cover of an Alun Parry song and his “Political Song”, as he introduced it, I’m Right, with Alun playing guitar as Matt sang solo at the microphone. His last song, applauded loudly and enthusiastically by the audience as he closed, was a rendition of his ‘first song he ever wrote’ which I will give as the title as it sounds feasible and I didn’t write the title down on the night!
To receive all of our posts via email add your email address below, press 'Subscribe'. Keep an eye out for a verification email - you might want to check your spam folder.